Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowships 2020

About the Program

It’s all about you. And what you need to progress your research and shine as a researcher. 

You will have an opportunity to work with a unique mix of interdisciplinary experts and collaborative clustering that will help to solve complex local, national and global problems.

What makes the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowships different?


Align your priority research area to one of RMIT’s Enabling Capability Platforms (ECPs) and we will enable you to build your profile, develop your leadership skills and expand your networks.

RMIT Focus:

RMIT is focused on recruiting Fellows whose experience and expertise align with one of RMIT’s 8 Enabling Capability Platforms (ECPs). Working within one of ECP areas, Fellows will make significant contributions to RMIT’s research priorities by developing and engaging in high-quality, high impact research projects, which address local, national, regional and global challenges.

Fellows will also be expected to attract external research funding including competitive grants from both national and international sources and produce high-quality outputs. They may also undertake limited teaching duties linked to their active research projects, to promote student engagement and further embed research activity in teaching.

About You

What does it take to be a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow?


In short, it’s a Fellowship that’s as ambitious as you are.

We’re looking for not just the best and brightest researchers, but those who also want to leave a legacy. Switched-on, collaborative and curious thinkers who have the inspiration, drive and ideas to change Australia – and the world – for the better.

If you are courageous, passionate, a self-motivated researcher who wants to make an impact – register now!

Who can apply?


We are focused on recruiting Senior Research Fellows, Research Fellows, Postdoctoral Fellows and Indigenous Research Fellows whose experience and expertise align with RMIT’s strategy plan, one of our eight Enabling Capability Platforms, one of their priority areas and one of our academic schools.

Selection criteria

To be eligible for one of the Vice-Chancellor Research Fellowship, you must hold a PhD/Doctorate qualification or if applying specifically to the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, be awarded your PhD prior to accepting an offer of employment.

Fellowships are not available to RMIT employees with current ongoing academic positions.

Selection process

Instead of focusing on ways to rule people out, we’ve worked on a way to give you an opportunity to really show us what you can do.

  1. Start by registering your interest by submitting a short application form


    We will ask you to align your Fellowship application to one of our Enabling Capability Platforms (ECP), research priority areas and academic school listed above. You will also be asked eligibility questions and asked to provide a current curriculum vitae outlining your most significant research achievements and contributions. Please note, registrations close by Sunday 18 August 2019.

  2. Your Fellowship application


    Once you have registered your interest, we will invite eligible applicants to an online, mobile-friendly application – Vervoe, where you will complete a formal application.

    We will ask you questions such as your motivation for applying and how it aligns to the relevant ECP, your research outputs, detailed information on your career, plus a copy of your Curriculum Vitae. In some responses, you will be asked to record a short video, a written response or upload an attachment.

    Please note, your Vervoe application must be submitted by Sunday 25 August 2019.

  3. Research Plan


    If selected to the next stage, you will be asked to provide a complete with a research plan or other documentation (eg statement addressing selection criteria or summary of outcomes of PhD thesis) by 22 September 2019.  Details of documentation required will be advised to all Stage 2 applicants.

    The research plan must  include (max 1500 words):

    • Title (max. 20 words)
    • Objective (max. 100 words)
    • Fit to priority area and any potential ECP cross-collaboration (max. 200 words)
    • What is the significant problem the research will address? (max. 200 words)
    • Methodology (Highlight innovation) (max. 400 words)
    • Outcome (max. 200 words)
    • Research Impact (max. 200 words) (Research Impact has considered the contribution research makes to the economy, society, culture, national security, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life, beyond contributions to academia)
    • Collaboration (Within academia and external) (max. 200 words)
  • Interviews

    You will meet with our ECP Directors, Heads of Schools and other key people to further discuss your chosen areas of research.

  • Key dates

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